Press Conference : Let's get pom pom pretty with Benefit Cosmetics & Jose Rivera!

July 31, 2014


I was invited to attend Benefit Products Launch on the last two weeks at Benefit Boutique, Mid Valley. There is a special guest flown all the way from United States. As Benefit's International Makeup Master Jose Rivera shares tips  & tricks to look pom pom pretty in seconds, I will never get tired of seeing him explaining and demonstrating how each product works, he just so cute with his funny actions and explanation. Jose believes that, "Laughter is the best cosmetic!"

Date : 16 July, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time : 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm
Venue : Benefit Boutique, Mid Valley


He is no stranger to the cosmetics industry with more than 15 years under his belt. As creator of the Sephora PRO Beauty Team, a team of 14 skilled makeup artists from across North America, Jose served as Lead Artistic for twelve seasons of New York Fashion Week. During his makeup demo, Jose also introduced us to 2 new Benefit products which will be available soon on August and September in 2014.


#1 Available August, 2014.

First of all, Benefit has their latest serum, "Instant Comeback Age Defying Booster Serum" (suggested retail price: RM 185) and it can instantly boosts the youthful look of skin. The fast-absorbing formula with tri-radiance  complex helps protect against visible signs of aging. Tired skin looks plumped and hydrated and feels firmer, smoother, energized.

#2 Available September 2014.

Another product would be makeup product, "Majorette". It is a cream-to-powder booster which gives cheeks an instant "cheer up". Pink-peach shade with its new fragrance (pom-pom peach & pomegranate) and can be worn on its own, under or over your favorite powder blush. (Suggested Retail Price: RM 115


Jose explained that what he wanted to achieve in this demo is "lit-from-within" skin which is a natural look and it will look the skin glows from inside. Primer and foundation should create dewy and lightful skin.


As the model of the day has a little makeup on her face, Jose begins by spraying Ultra Radiance Mist on her face. He then dab lightly by a cotton pad to soften her makeup foundation and existing mascara. "Prep, Prime, Perfect" is Jose Rivera's basic 3 steps for achieving "lit-from-within" skin. So girls, remember this 3 Ps and play with it, you will know how amazing it is.


Products used for Prep-Prime-Perfect!

  1. Prep by mixing Moisture Prep Toning Lotion and High Beam for luminous skin. Apply this combination on the top of chin, nose bridge, and forehead with a brush. Jose mentioned, "The more you prep, the less foundation you will need for your skin." Yes, no doubt, this is the secret to long-lasting makeup, I do agree with him. If you do not prep well, you will have a cakey foundation.
  2. To prime, apply POREfessional and Girl Meets Pearl. Put the products on your hands, rub them gently with your hands and feel the texture of your skin. Too slippery? Take off some product if skin feels too slippery! Our skin only need the right tackiness, then just apply them with your hands. (Jose used Stay Don't Stray to conceal dark circles and other imperfections after that.)
  3. To be perfect, combine 2 pumps of Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and 1 pump of Instant Comeback. Jose recommended, "If you are going for a natural look, use fingers or sponge; If you are going for a dramatic look, use flat brush; For oily skin, you better use a sponge or blush brush." Back to the topic, to create a natural dimension, focus foundation on where you want light to reflect on your face. Do not apply too much because the more foundation you have on, the whiter face you have, especially being photo taken.
  4. "Instant-Cheer-Up" Time! Use 2 fingers and place them next to your  nose, that is where you should start your blush. Hold a brush further back, using hard, medium, and light strokes for the Majorette across your cheeks. You will look pom-pom pretty in seconds!



After the blush time, swirl the Sprinkle Agent Zero Shine and Harvana and brush against your hand to remove excess powder. Apply roughly some parts on your face to set the makeup. As for lips, Jose used Lollitint and swipe across the lips. Jose mentioned, "Press a warm towel to lips for 20 seconds to remove dead skin cells and your Lollitint will look brighter once it is done." Brows however, you can use Gimme Brow and Stay Don't Stray to create a natural look as the latter gives hair texture. Either you can just use Brow Zings as it has a powder and wax in one. Jose used the latest They're Real Push Up Liner to create a cat eye look. To complete the whole look, Jose applied some gloss with Kiss You Ultra Plush Lip Gloss on her lips.

I have learned so much from Jose makeup demo with his tips and tricks! Learning makeup techniques to create a natural look is really a fantastic experience! This was the best day of my last two weeks with Jose and Malaysia Benefit Team. Thanks so much for this invitation!


Do check out when it is available!

Thanks for reading! xoxo
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